Mission: To help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome.
23andMe was founded to empower individuals and develop new ways of accelerating research. The members of 23andMe have come together because we believe in the combined potential of genetics and the Internet to have a significant, positive impact. These Core Values represent what motivates us at 23andMe.
For more than a century scientists have been learning how our genes help make us the way we are, operating in conjunction with diet, environment and other factors to influence aspects of our appearance, behavior, and physiology. Yet until now it has been impossible to see more than a tiny fragment of the DNA code that lies inside each of us.
At 23andMe we believe genetic research tools can and should be used to give us a deeper understanding of the role genes play in our individual lives. By tapping into advances in DNA analysis and offering education, tools, and expertise, we at 23andMe want to help others take a bold, informed step toward self-knowledge. We also hope to promote an open discussion of our values with the broader community, including not just our customers but also experts in science, medicine, and policy.
23andMe provides a service: linking you to your genetic data. It is our job to present it with as much context as we can and offer tools to help you explore. Since it is your data, we give you the option to share with other 23andMe members at basic or extended levels or opt-out of sharing entirely.
Each and every one of us is unique, but we also share more than a few fundamental similarities. That’s one of the biggest lessons of research in the genomic age. But even many of the things that make us distinct – like having blue eyes, high blood pressure, or Native American ancestry – we also share with others. 23andMe wants to help you connect to and create communities around existing common interests and newfound affinities.
Your genotype stays the same, but science is constantly moving: two steps forward, one step back, and often one step sideways. We keep you up-to-date with the latest biomedical literature so you can understand firsthand how breaking scientific news relates directly to you. 23andMe’s researchers and advisors stay abreast of the latest happenings in genetic research and tell you how they may relate to your personal information. We also give you basic knowledge that allows you to find your way in the ever-changing world of research.
We recognize that the availability of personal genetic information raises important issues at the nexus of ethics, law, and public policy. 23andMe is committed to fostering open dialogue with a full spectrum of stakeholders. In areas where new policies are needed to protect the public interest, we will engage directly with decision-makers to contribute our unique expertise and perspective.
It’s fun to learn about your own genome in the light of what you know about yourself, and even more enlightening to see how your data compares to that of your family and friends. But what if you could, at the same time, contribute to science’s understanding of how genes interact with the environment to make individuals who they are? We are building a powerful, diverse, and ever-growing resource for research that combines advances in genetic analysis with the power of the Internet.
Because we believe 23andMe’s mission extends to the advancement of science, we give you the opportunity to participate in research that could improve understanding of how genetics influences our lives.
So when you send in that DNA sample, you’re not only learning about yourself, you’re joining a community of motivated individuals who can collectively impact research and basic human understanding. In today’s connected information age, it’s no longer just about me. Instead, it’s about how we can change our understanding of ourselves by joining together.
We surround ourselves with good people, the kind of people you miss on the weekends. We share combined interests, as well as unique side interests that make us well-rounded teammates. We understand you are more than just an employee. Our team consists of composers, cooks, app developers, dancers, opera singers, artists, YouTube sensations, martial artists, marathon champions and more.
We want you to be surrounded by work that you love and inspired by a talented team that loves doing that work with you. Here are some of our benefits for employees:
We offer excellent medical, dental and vision insurance, as well as the option for a flex spending account for health and/or dependent care expenses. Additionally, we offer life insurance, short-term disability and a 401(k) with employer match. Vacation and sick leave accrual, along with paid holidays, are also part of the package.
We work hard... and believe your body should get as much of a workout as your brain. We offer fitness sessions like yoga, Pilates and strength training.
Keep active throughout the day by working on one of our multiple treadmill desks or stay energized by working at your (optional) standing desk. You can hop on one of our ElliptiGO bikes to take a workday breather around the block. For those craving team sports, we also have after-hours intramural sports teams which are beginner-friendly and compete in local intramural leagues for soccer, tennis and other sports.
We provide lunch five days a week, starting with organic lunches from a talented local chef, and we sponsor team lunches at nearby restaurants so you can meet everyone at the company. Of course we always have a kitchen fully stocked with healthy snacks and beverages, for those in-between times.
As part of our goal to be transparent, we get together on Fridays to share information during lunch. Usually this means presentations with company updates and internal announcements, or presentations from guest speakers. But if we don't have any presentations, we like to get a little feisty and bring in food trucks, play trivia games, hold bake-offs, and celebrate company milestones and fun holidays.
When you start at 23andMe, we'll provide you with a DNA kit so you can learn about your genetics firsthand. And to further your education, we have a tuition reimbursement program that provides full time employees with support for some job-related college level coursework. It's great for career development and we invite all employees to participate.
Our employees live all over the Bay Area, so we offer a free CalTrain GoPass to everyone. Whether you take the train for your daily commute, or during your own free time, a GoPass will help you get around.
And on any given day, you may also see a few friendly dogs hanging around the office.
CEO and Co-Founder
Anne co-founded 23andMe in 2006 after a decade spent in healthcare investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Her hope was to empower consumers with access to their own genetic information and to create a way to generate more personalized information so that commercial and academic researchers could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics. Presently, 23andMe has built one of the world’s largest databases of individual genetic information. Its novel, web-based research approach allows for the rapid recruitment of participants to many genome-wide association studies at once, reducing the time and money needed to make new discoveries, and the company has created a proven and standardized resource for finding new genetic association and confirming genetic loci discovered by others. Under Anne’s leadership 23andMe has made significant advances in bringing personalized medicine directly to the public. Anne graduated from Yale University with a BS in Biology. Getting access to and understanding her own genetic information had always been one of her ambitions.
Andy Page brings corporate leadership and deep operational expertise to 23andMe. Andy has been a member of the 23andMe board of directors since 2012 and worked as the company president from 2013 until 2016. Before joining 23andMe, Andy served as the president of Gilt Groupe, an online luxury shopping destination, where he oversaw the company’s various businesses and operations including Women’s, Men’s, Kids & Baby, Home, Park & Bond, Gilt City and Gilt Taste. He joined Gilt in April 2010 as the chief financial officer and transitioned to president in 2011. Prior to joining Gilt, Andy was chief operating and financial officer at PlayPhone, Inc., where he was responsible for managing the company’s multinational operations. Before PlayPhone, Andy was chief financial officer and senior vice president of Business Strategy of StubHub Inc. There he managed the company’s financial operations, business strategy, financial reporting, and administrative functions. He led the company’s sale to eBay in 2007. Andy has also held senior executive positions at Panasas Inc., ONI Systems Corp., and Robertson Stephens & Company. Andy holds a BA from Princeton University and a MBA from Harvard Business School. He is an advisor to several private e-commerce companies. He also serves on the board of directors of My New Red Shoes, a nonprofit organization that provides back-to-school clothes for homeless and low-income children in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Esther Dyson does business as EDventure Holdings, the reclaimed name of the company she owned for 20-odd years before selling it to CNET Networks in 2004. In the last few years, she has turned her sights towards IT and health care. She dedicated two issues of her newsletter, Release 1.0, to the topic (Health and Identity: No Patient Left Behind? in January 2005 and Personal Health Information: Data Comes Alive! in September 2005). Also in September 2005, she ran the Personal Health Information workshop that laid out many of the challenges still perplexing the health-care community. Currently, she is one of the initial ten subjects of George Church’s Personal Genome Project. Her primary activity is investing in start-ups and guiding many of them as a board member. Her board seats include Boxbe, CVO Group (Hungary), Eventful.com, Evernote, IBS Group (Russia, advisory board), Meetup, Midentity (UK), NewspaperDirect, and WPP Group and Yandex (Russia). Some of her past direct IT investments include Flickr, Del.icio.us, BrightMail, Medstory and Orbitz. Dyson was the founding chairman of ICANN from 1998 to 2000, and was also chairman of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in the 90’s. In 1997, she wrote Release 2.0: A Design for Living in the Digital Age, which appeared in paperback a year later as Release 2.1. In 1994, she wrote a seminal essay on intellectual property for Wired magazine.
Patrick is a founding partner of Xfund. Prior to joining Xfund full-time, Patrick was a partner at NEA and led the firm’s consumer and seed investment practices. He is a director of 23andMe, Curalate, Euclid, MeCommerce, Philo, and Ravel Law, and is actively involved with CrowdMed, Guideline, IFTTT, Landit, Rock Health, Upworthy, and Zumper. Past investments include Pulse (acquired by LinkedIn), Loopt (acquired by Green Dot), GoodGuide (acquired by Underwriters Laboratories), Xfire (acquired by Viacom), and Xoom (NASDAQ: XOOM). Prior to joining NEA, Patrick helped to grow ZEFER, an Internet services firm (acquired by NEC) to more than $100 million in annual revenues and more than 700 people across six global offices. Prior to ZEFER, Patrick was with McKinsey & Company, where he specialized in hardware, software, and services companies. Patrick received a joint JD-MBA degree from Harvard Business School and Harvard Law School, where he served as an Editor of the Harvard Law Review. Patrick was a Commonwealth Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned a Master of Science degree. Patrick earned his A.B. degree at Harvard College in Environmental Science. He is a member of the New York and Massachusetts bars, an elected director of the Harvard Alumni Association, and a member of the Committee to Visit Harvard College.
I have been working at 23andMe full-time
You're constantly surrounded by really helpful, smart, genuinely nice, and good hearted people. Solving tough challenges in the industry, definitely engaging. The benefits and long list of perks are great - you certainly feel like you're cared for and taken care of. The office is very friendly, and a really nice space - especially the roof terrace.
No cons come to mind.
Advice to Management
Some teams could stand to communicate with other teams more.
I applied online. I interviewed at 23andMe.
Applied online. Phone interview with HR before two phone interviews with two different scientists. After completing a "homework assignment", I had a Skype interview with four members of the team. Throughout, I was presented with hypothetical situations encountered in the position and how I would handle them. The homework was similar. Was then invited on-campus for an in-person interview, but I decline as I decided against relocating across the country.
HR was fantastic, and the staff I interviewed with were all professional and fun to chat with.